The Logos, the Emanation of the Word

  In Presocratic philosophy, the Logos (Λόγος) was the principle governing the cosmos. Among the Sophists, it included the topics of rational argument. In Stoicism, the Logos was the active, material, rational principle of the cosmos.
  Philo Judaeus (Philo of Alexandria), a 1st-century-CE Jewish philosopher, taught that the logos was the intermediary between God and the cosmos, being both the agent of creation and the agent through which the human mind can apprehend and comprehend God. According to Philo and the Middle Platonists (philosophers who interpreted in religious terms the teachings of Plato), the logos was both immanent in the world and at the same time the transcendent divine mind.Encyclopaedia Britannica
  In grammar, logos is a form of rhetoric in which the writer or speaker uses logic as the main argument. In Judaism, it is the Word of God, which itself has creative power. In Christianity, the Logos is the creative Word of God, which is itself God and incarnate in Christ. The Logos, the Word, is an emanation, an absolute and abstract principle, and a law of doing.

“God thought, and the Logos was.”–Edna Lister

  The Word, or Logos, is not a word formed for speech with letters from the alphabet, but an emanation from the Source that contains all of everything that is created. It is an opening rate of vibration, the highest known to God or man, moving forth under Power, conditioning Substance to form the outer confines of universes. As the Logos travels away from the Source, it vibrates at a continually lower rate, condensing in substance until it finally reaches the point in crystallization we call physical matter.–Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom

Edna Lister on the Logos, the Word

The Egyptian god Thoth, Hermes to the Greeks, was originally a symbol of the divine Mind, Power and Substance. He was the incarnated thought, the living Word, a primitive archetype of the Logos of Plato. The Christian Word is the vibration of the Breath of God.–Edna Lister, The History of Philosophy, August 26, 1935

God thought, and the Logos was—"In the beginning was the Word." He spoke, "Let there be Light," and the Logos appeared.–Edna Lister, Theory of Being, November 25, 1935

The Logos, the Word, is the Idea that precedes all thoughts, words and actions.–Edna Lister, Philosophy, December 23, 1935

God is omnipotent as the only Begotten Son of Power. Power is the ability to do or to act; it is dominion, rule or authority. Power’s potential is limitless. Mind limits the exertion or action of Power (Energy). We call the Son principle of Power the Logos, the Word, the Christ principle, the third red ray. The Son is the white Light of the Christ, the universal Christ principle, the Christed consciousness in man expressed as selflessness and joy.
  The Logos includes the whole Father-Mother God, held in a perfectly balanced duality. The Logos contains all possible combinations of the sons and daughters of God as personality. God acts through the Logos, which becomes harmony, equilibrium, balance and all motion and action in the universe.
  Energy is relative power, the exercise of absolute Power as actual operation or activity. Energy, which describes the vigor or intensity of action, is kinetic power, or Power actively exerted. Power moves as the Holy Breath, the Father-Mother as One or Holy Spirit, which is Universal Christ consciousness, the Christ principle, and the Holy Ghost to become the Christ life within man. The Logos is the Source of all the life that we breathe.–Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941

“The Logos includes the whole Father-Mother God.”

The Logos principle acts through us as the spoken Word or name principle. The spoken Word of being is the power of reality, breathing itself into self-created form, in the form of healing, blessing, liberating, and uplifting. The spoken Word-fusion creates and brings into being in manifest forms of substance according to the nature of the thought behind it.
  The spoken Word is the Power of God, speaking through the mouth of man, declaring that which is and that which shall be. The spoken Word of being is the thought of God, individualizing itself through man. The spoken Word of God declares the divine Motherhood into being. The spoken Word of God is the Power of the universal Mind, creating the Substance of its will and desire in being. The Power of the spoken Word of God builds invisibility into visibility, reality into form and manifestation.–Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941

Light is the Christ-consciousness, Holy Spirit and Logos as one.–Edna Lister, Five Categories of Expression, Creative Principles, March 16, 1942

You hear with your ears, but listen with your brain cells. When you listen, you hear the vibration of the Logos, the Word, on your brain cells, and you know. This is intuition.–Edna Lister, The Still Waters of Intuition, May 24, 1942

Your word, to stand, must be based on God as principle. You speak the Word as a creator, and God is the principle of the Logos or Word, the third Emanation. The Word is thus of Mind because you speak as the Light of the Christ. The Logos idea in God’s Mind becomes the relative idea in your individual mind. Thought becomes logic, judgment, discretion, discernment and discrimination, which are facets of the Wisdom principle. Pondering, dreaming and thinking about the idea are facets of the Love principle that sustains and nourishes. Speaking the idea uses the principle of energy.–Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, the Seven Breaths, November 6, 1946

“Your word, to stand, must be based on God as principle.”

God said, Let there be Light! which contains the five great principles: Light, color, tone, number, name (Logos or Word) and form. You cannot have form without incorporating these five principles. Every time you speak, you use Light.–Edna Lister, May 26, 1947

The Logos is a vibration and no words can express its immensity; they but adulterate and modify it even when it is used as the word "love." The minute you enter the realm of the absolute, you cannot speak of it because describing it makes it relative.–Edna Lister, The Seven Churches, December 13, 1949.

As the Logos moves forth, it carries the first two Emanations (Wisdom and Love) with it, although they are hidden. Herein lies the secret of "Male and female created He them."–Genesis 1:27.–Edna Lister, Secrets of the Hidden Mother, July 22, 1951.

The Logos flows through each according to his capacity.–Edna Lister, November 10, 1951

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."–John 1:1-5. "In the beginning was the Word" is an all-inclusive Word of complete assurance. "The Word was with God" is a different way of saying that God is also personality, a principle that can hold a Mind that can think and plan, and Substance that can become.–Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952

The Absolute Trinity is Wisdom, Love and the Logos; in it, all is potential. The principle of number is the spoken Word of the Logos; it governs the vibration of the auric sheath of protection of between the outer coating of cells and molecules.–Edna Lister, Enfolding Back to the Source, July 22, 1955

The first three emanations form then fill all of the great space with substance in which and through which principle may move as a vibration and give form to its own concepts and ideas. The carriers for these vibrations are Wisdom, Love and the Logos, which become the first Absolute Trinity of Creation, the first set of foundation principles, always the same. Then Wisdom, Love and the Logos become the first Supreme Trinity as the Source of Mind, Substance and Power of creation and all action of the trinities.–Edna Lister, The Art of Right Thinking and Expression, September 16, 1955

“The Logos is God in action.”

When you feel you are touching the idea but can’t quite get it, the Logos, the Word vibration has touched you and that part of Mind has filled your memory cells. The Logos is a concept that births the idea, and your memory cells interpret it; you know you have touched some memory but cannot interpret it. Declare, Light reorders every level of my mind now. If you insist that Light reorders your subconscious, you will have an answer. Later you can interpret the vibration into word-ideas.
  I can’t quite bring it through—the can’t is your block. The very idea that you don’t have something or can’t do something is a block. You must have the inner conviction that it is true and that you can. Loving God enough always leads you into the right step. Declare, I want to do and be what God wants.–Edna Lister, October 15, 1956

Logos refers to the Christ principle; it is not the name of a personality.–Edna Lister, Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension, May 19, 1959

The Word is the Logos, a vibration directly from the Source. The seven sentences that Jesus spoke from the cross hold the vibration of the Word; therefore, we term them "Words." They form seven great vibrations, keynotes for seven degrees from Neophyte to Christos; each opens the vibration for a specific degree. The seven last words were the finale of all Jesus’ work. He finished his mission on the seventh Word, and set the keynote for the next two thousand years, releasing the Power to cover what he could not teach personally.–Edna Lister, Jesus’ Seven Last Words, June 7, 1959

The third emanation is the Logos, the principle of Power and selflessness, called joy. The Logos, as kinetic energy, animated all forms planned by and filled with substance. The Logos is Light, energy and action. Light expresses as harmony. Energy expresses as equilibrium. Action expresses as perfect balance. The Logos is the Christ principle, Holy Breath, Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost. The Father and Mother worked through the Son, which is a neutral vibration.–Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, June 9, 1959

For many centuries the wise used symbols to conceal what they called the "lost Word." The Word is the Logos, a vibration emanating from God. Man lost the Word as he lost his awareness and consciousness of God. In the beginning was the Word. The Word is God. God is God’s name in heaven; Good is God’s name on earth. When you declare all that comes to you is good, you call that lost Name-Word-Logos into your life.–Edna Lister, What Is Symbolism? October 6, 1959

The Word is the emanation of the Logos (joy, surrender, selflessness) that takes us to the Source. We derive the absolute principle of Light from the Emanations. Light manifests as four primary principles—color, tone, number and name (form). Light is the Three-as-One (Father of Wisdom, Mother of Love, Son of Energy) expressing as Mind, Substance and Power, One Light.–Edna Lister, Is Faith Enough? June 21, 1960

The Logos is God in action as the emanations, and is the Word of God.–Edna Lister, What Is Virtue? July 12, 1960

“All prayers partake of the quality of the Word.”

The Word, or Logos, is not a word formed for speech with letters from the alphabet. It is an Emanation from the Source that contains all of everything that is created. It is an opening rate of vibration, the highest known to God or man, moving forth under Power, conditioning Substance to form the outer confines of universes. As the Logos travels away from the Source, it vibrates at a lower and lower rate, condensing in substance until it finally reaches a point in crystallization we call physical matter.
  All prayers partake of the quality of the Word or Logos, lowering the vibration and condensing the spiritual substance into outer visible form. Good is the magic word to speak over your creations for it releases the original Logos vibration to work for you. The magic of the word good sets the right keynote for the last step in your work of creating. The words very good lower the rate of vibration of invisible substance until you can feel and see it with the physical eyes.–Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1964

The Logos, or the Word, causes energy to become motion.–Edna Lister, Beauty, a Spiritual Way of Life, May 9, 1967

The law of God is a state of being. Three great Emanations are Wisdom, Love, and the Logos of Light or Christ consciousness, which is the dual Father and Mother as one, or the Holy Ghost.–Edna Lister, June 25, 1967

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The Third Emanation, the Logos

  As Love began its return journey to the Source, the in-breathing began for a third explosion. When Love reached the Source, the Logos emanation exploded, radiated as the Light called the Son principle of Energy as Power.
  The length of time required to breathe, explode and radiate the Logos was equal to that required by Wisdom and Love combined. As the Logos crossed the abyss on its return journey, it sparked the first individual thought-spheres, spheres of fire, into activity as whirling masses of Light substance. So the first worlds were born.
  Thus, the Logos empowered, activated and set in motion all phases of the universe planned by Wisdom and filled with substance by Love. No creative action occurs until the Son returns as relative balance.
  After the Logos returns to the Source sphere’s heart, the emanations flow forth and back ceaselessly, always as One. Their flowing is unchanging, never more, never less. They are forever the same, the original Mind, Substance and Power that formed the timeless, spaceless so-called void during the Night of Rest and Assimilation.–Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

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The Logos or Energy Principle Expressed as Action


Kind of Principle

Ultimate Principle

Light, the All That Is, the Universal Magna Carta
(Great Charter of Law)

Absolute Principle

Light, as The Logos (Energy, Selflessness or Joy),
may be described as directing and controlling

Supreme Principle

Power becomes harmony, equilibrium,
and balance as all motion and action in the universe

Relative Principle

Tone describes the quality of sound, as a voice, human or divine, speaking the Word

Relative Principle

Expression: God has created law to govern outer expression

Relative Principle

Action is how the individualized embodied soul permits (lets)
God, as the Light, to operate through it


Definitions and Synonyms

The Logos

Word, speech, discourse, reason; the Word of God,
which itself has creative power, is God’s
medium of communication with the human race


The exercise of Power, operation, activity, vigor or intensity of action, Power actively exerted, kinetic Power, relative Power


Having no regard for or thought of self;
not self-centered; unselfish


Exultation of spirit; gladness, delight; the perfect bliss of heaven


The ability to do anything; physical or mental strength;
might; vigor, energy; character


Quality of sound; a particular quality, pitch, modulation,
or inflection of the voice expressing or indicating affirmation, interrogation, hesitation, decision, or some feeling or emotion;
vocal expression

New Testament on the Word

Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.–Matthew 13:18-23

Heaven and earth will pass away, but [Christ’s] words will by no means pass away.–Matthew 24:35

And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.–Luke 4:3-4

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.–Luke 8:11-15

And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.–Luke 8:20-21

Whoever will not receive the Word, shake off the very dust from your feet as a testimony against them.–Luke 9:5

Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.–Luke 11:28

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.–John 1:1-5

[The Word] was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. The Word came to his own, and his own did not receive him. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.–John 1:10-13

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.–John 3:34

The Word is the bread of life. He who comes to the Word shall never hunger, and he who believes in the Word shall never thirst.–John 6:35

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.–John 8:31-32

Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.–John 17:11-17

The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.–Hebrews 4:12

Of his own will begat he [God] us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.–James 1:18

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.–James 1:23-25

In many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.–James 3:2

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.–1 John 5:7

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Old Testament on the Word

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.–Psalm 12:6

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.–Psalm 18:30

For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.–Psalm 33:4-6

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.–Psalm 119:9

I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Psalm 119:16-17

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.–Psalm 119:105

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.–Psalm 119:130

[The Lord] sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.–Psalm 147:15

Whoso despises the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.–Proverbs 13:13

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The Word in Other Sacred Writings

It is neither herb, nor mollifying plaster that restores people to health: but the Lord’s Word, which heals all things.–Wisdom of Solomon 16:12

The Word of God most high is the fountain of wisdom; and her ways are everlasting commandments.–Wisdom of Ben Sirach 1:5

Do not refrain to speak when you can do good, and do not hide your wisdom in her beauty; for by speech, wisdom shall be known, and learning by the word of the tongue.–Wisdom of Ben Sirach 4:23-24

Use not your mouth to intemperate swearing, for therein is the word of sin.–Wisdom of Ben Sirach 23:13

Become earnest about the Word! For as to the Word, its first part is faith; the second, love; the third, works; for from these comes life. For the Word is like a grain of wheat; when someone had sown it, he had faith in it; and when it had sprouted, he loved it, because he had seen many grains in place of one. And when he had worked, he was saved, because he had prepared it for food, (and) again he left (some) to sow. So also can you yourselves receive the kingdom of heaven; unless you receive this through knowledge, you will not be able to find it.–The Apocryphon of James, Codex I, 2

Hearken to the Word, understand knowledge, love life, and no one will persecute you, nor will anyone oppress you, other than you yourselves.–The Apocryphon of James, Codex I, 2

The gospel of truth is joy for those who have received from the Father of truth the grace of knowing Him, through the power of the Word.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

While God’s wisdom contemplates the Word, and his teaching utters it, his knowledge has revealed it.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

The Word of the Father goes forth in the totality, as the fruit of His heart and an impression of His will.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2 {The totality is the multitude, the many, the myriad of souls that sprang into being from the One.}

The Word supports the totality, purifying them, bringing them back into the Father, into the Mother.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

When the Word appeared, error was upset, not knowing what to do; it was grieved, in mourning, afflicting itself because it knew nothing when knowledge drew near it; this is the downfall of error and all its emanations; error is empty, having nothing inside.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

When the Word came by means of fleshly form, nothing blocked his course, because incorruptibility is irresistible; he spoke new things, still speaking about what is in the heart of the Father, having brought forth the flawless Word.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

When Light had spoken through the Word’s mouth, as well as his voice, which gave birth to life, he gave them thought and understanding, and mercy and salvation, and the powerful spirit from the infiniteness and the sweetness of the Father.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

The Word destroyed punishments and tortures with power and confounded them with knowledge. He became a way for those who were gone astray, and knowledge for those who were ignorant, a discovery for those who were searching, and a support for those who were wavering, immaculateness for those who were defiled.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

Each one of the Father’s words is the work of His one will in the revelation of His Word.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

While the words were still depths of His thought, the Word, which was first to come forth, revealed them, along with a Mind that speaks the one Word in silent grace. He was called thought, since they were in it before being revealed. It came about that he was first to come forth, at the time when the will of Him who willed desired it. And the will is what the Father rests in, and is pleased with.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

Nothing happens without him [the Word], nor does anything happen without the will of the Father, but His will is unsearchable.–The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2

Most things in the world, as long as their inner parts are hidden, stand upright and live. If they are revealed, they die, as is illustrated by the tree: while its root is hidden, it sprouts and grows. If its root is exposed, the tree dries up. So long as the root of wickedness is hidden, it is strong. But when it is recognized, it is dissolved. When it is revealed, it perishes. That is why the Word says, Already the ax is laid at the root of the trees (Matthew 3:10). It will not merely cut—what is cut sprouts again—but the ax penetrates deeply, until it brings up the root. Jesus pulled out the root of the whole place, while others did it only partially.–Gospel of Philip, Codex II, 3

The Word said, If you know the truth, the truth will make you free (John 8:32). Ignorance is a slave. Knowledge is freedom. If we know the truth, we shall find the fruits of the truth within us. If we are joined to it, it will bring our fulfillment.–Gospel of Philip, Codex II, 3

The Father of knowledge is the Word of knowledge.–Odes of Solomon 7:9

The Word of the Lord searches out all things, both the invisible and that which reveals His thought; for the eye sees His works, and the ear hears His thought.–Odes of Solomon 16:8-9

The Son of the Most High appeared in the perfection of His Father; and light dawned from the Word that was beforetime in Him; the Messiah is truly one; and He was known before the foundation of the world, that He might save souls forever by the truth of His name: a new song arises from those who love Him.–Odes of Solomon 41:14-17

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of logos: Ancient Greek logos, meaning word, speech, oration, discourse, quote, story, study, ratio, calculation, reason.

The Logos is an Emanation.

The Logos is an absolute principle.

The Logos is a law of doing as the spoken Word.

The Light and Glory of the Word
The Spirit breathes upon the Word,
And brings the truth to sight;
Precepts and promises afford
A sanctifying light.

A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic like the sun;
It gives a light to every age,
It gives, but borrows none.

The hand that gave it still supplies
The gracious light and heat;
His truths upon the nations rise,
They rise, but never set.

Let everlasting thanks be thine,
For such a bright display,
As makes a world of darkness shine
With beams of heavenly day.

My soul rejoices to pursue
The steps of Him I love,
Till glory break upon my view
In brighter worlds above.
William Cowper


Britannica, Editors of Encyclopaedia. logos. Encyclopedia Britannica, September 29, 2022.

Cowper, William. Olney Hymn XXX, The Poems of William Cowper, John Cann Bailey, ed. London: Methuen, 1905, 53.

Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, ed. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1988.

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed., 2 vols. E.S.C. Weiner, ed. Oxford University Press, 1971.

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